Rep. Justin Amash of MI said Saturday that President Donald Trump "engaged in impeachable conduct" by committing obstruction of justice, breaking ranks with a Republican Party that has rallied to the president's defense in the wake of Robert Mueller's findings in the Russian Federation investigation.
Amash, a frequent Trump critic, is the first Republican lawmaker to call for Trump's impeachment.
"Impeachment, which is a special form of indictment, does not even require probable cause that a crime (e.g., obstruction of justice) has been committed; it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct", he said.
Then there were alleged efforts to entrap campaign volunteers and the leader FBI investigator who vowed to "stop" Trump from being elected and had a "back-up" plan in case they were unsuccessful.
Amash said he reached four conclusions after carefully reading the redacted version of Mueller's report, including that "President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct".
When questioned by CNN Newsroom host Ana Cabrera on if Amash's tweets were a signal of change in the GOP or setting up a campaign announcement, Hashmi went with the latter. Amash also took a different approach than his fellow Republicans in his questioning of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. "I've got an impeachment investigation resolution you're going to want to cosponsor", Tlaib tweeted. While the investigation was unable to establish any connection, many Democrats have continued to push the narrative and call for the president's impeachment.
Trump also posted another tweet saying, "New Fox Poll: 58% of people say that the Federal Bureau of Investigation broke the law in investigating Donald J. Trump", citing "Fox and Friends".
In contrast, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel criticized Amash's remarks, saying that it's "sad to see Congressman Amash parroting the Democrats' talking points on Russian Federation".
In his lengthy post, Amash stated that partisanship is getting in the way of our system's checks and balances. "When loyalty to a political party or to an individual trumps loyalty to the Constitution, the Rule of Law - the foundation of liberty - crumbles".
CLARIFICATION: The headline and story have been updated to more precisely reflect Rep. Justin Amash's comments on impeachment. "Voters in Amash's district strongly support this President, and would rather their Congressman work to support the President's policies that have brought jobs, increased wages and made life better for Americans".
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